Mestre-Venice inaugurates the extension of its tram-on-tyres line provided by NTL

On September 15, 2015, Mestre-Venice inaugurated the extension of its tram-on-tyres line provided by NTL, a subsidiary of Alstom, the first section of which had been put in service in December 2010.

Ordered in 2005, the 20 Translohr STE4 trams (measuring 32 metres long) of the Venice-Mestre line will now travel down the Ponte della Libertà, a 4 km-long road bridge that connects the city of Mestre to the Piazzale Roma in Venise. The T1 line will thereby serve 9 additional stations.

This extension is a new challenge for NTL: The first section of tramway shared with vehicles on a major artery where its service speed will reach up to 70 km/h. This configuration is possible through Translohr trams’ unique ability to fit with existing streets: A compact footprint (5.18 metres for two vehicles on tangent track) and a very short turning radius (10.5 metres).

121 Translohr trams are currently in service worldwide (Shanghai, Tianjin, Padua, Venice-Mestre, and soon Medellín) and in France (Clermont-Ferrand and Ile-de-France).